Wii U: Best Time To Buy Is Now (July 2014)

If you are planning on or considering purchasing a Wii U but haven’t done so, now may be the best time to buy.  Multiple promotions are currently running which can allow you to score a console with multiple games for seriously low prices. 

For Nintendo fans or gamers who are looking for a new console on a budget, currently one of the best combination of promotions is taking place in the United States this week(7/27/14 – 8/2/14).

$25 Target Gift Card w/Wii U Purchase

The Target retail chain is offering the Wii U 32GB console w/New Super Mario Brothers for $299.99 with a $25 gift card in the US this week (7/27 – 8/2).  This gets you the Wii U console, the gamepad, a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U and its expansion New Super Luigi U(a full second game although it does require you to own New Super Mario Bros. U).  This is the most items that I can ever recall being part of the base system purchase since it’s launch back in 2012.

Mario Kart 8 Free Game Promotion: Ending Soon

In addition to the $25 gift card, Nintendo is still running their Mario Kart 8 promotion, that if you purchase and register it to your Club Nintendo account by 7/31/14 you will be able to choose one of four available games to download to your console.  These games include New Super Mario Bros U, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Wii Party U.  Mario Kart 8 can be found for as low as $48 and change on Amazon.com and at Walmart.  Target does perform price matching, so I believe it’s possible to purchase Mario Kart 8 for Walmart’s price after your console to be able to use the new gift card to save additional money right away.

Standard Bundles

In addition to being able to purchase a Wii U and 4 games for the price of the system and a single game cost last year, you can also look into these controller/game bundles.  At around $50 per bundle, you essentially get the controller for $30 and the game for $20 or the game at full price and a cheaper controller.  No matter how you slice it these combos can save you some money if you are in the market for both depending on where you find them and how much they cost.  However looking at prices on Amazon, some of the bundles don’t cost less than the individual items combined.

Wii U Party Bundle:

Black Wii Remote and Wii U Party Game

Nintendo Land Bundle:

Luigi Wii Remote and Nintendo Land Game

Mario & Sonic Sochi 2014 Bundle

Blue Wii Remote and Mario & Sonic Sochi 2014 Olympic Games Game

Club Nintendo: 2014 Platinum Status Gift

If you are a member of Club Nintendo and have earned enough points to qualify as having Platinum Status in 2014 you get to pick a free game to download.  The follow titles are available for the Wii U to help build your library.

  • Game & Wario
  • Earthbound
  • Dr. Luigi
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Zelda II – The Adventure of Link

If you are only  Gold Status, you will have a reduced selection of games, but still have multiple available to choose from on the Wii U.

Time To Buy?

If all the stars(and promotions) align in your favor you could end up with the equivalent of 3 free games and $25 off the total purchase.  If you have been on the fence about purchasing a Wii U, now seems to be the best time.  Not only can you get multiple games for free or cheap, but there are plenty of new Nintendo exclusives announced at E3 this year that can assure you that more is to come from the system.  As such, now more than ever is one the best times to purchase a Wii U.

Author: Trevor E

Technologist. Programmer. Artist. Gamer.

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